AUSTIN (KXAN) - It is the day music lovers in Austin have been waiting for. The Austin City Limits Festival is under way!
More than a hundred musicians will perform... and thousands are expected here in Austin.
Music fans started lining up as early as 7:00 outside the entrance.
As ACL tradition would have it, the gates opened to the theme song from Star Wars.
Fans could get in starting at 11:00, and the first perfomrances started at 11:15.
Headliners topping the list of the more than 130 performers this weekend include bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Avett Brothers, the Black Keys and more.
There are some differences at ACL for 2012. Festival go-ers have the ability to stay connected through social media, like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
C3 Presents, the producers of ACL, are encouraging people to take pictures and "instagram" them using #ACLFest.
Also, the wrist bands everyone wears can be synced with their Facebook accounts.
For many, ACL is a tradition.
"Love ACL. Been hear all 10 years. This will be number 11," Duane Osborn says.
"Every single year--same spot. Every single year we get here in the morning and we stay 'til the closing," Nancy Holt says
And music fans have various reasons for continuing ot come back.
"I randomly go to people I haven't heard of before.That's what I' like about ACL, is seeing different folks and enjoying music that I havent been exposed to before," says Osborn.
"I'm looking forward to seeing Neil Young and Crazy Horse. He's a long time rocker, man! And I'm looking forward to Red Hot Chilli Peppers," said another man at ACL.
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice were unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.